don't act soon, the postal service could take daughter andc actions with a disruptive effect on the employees, customers, and availability of reliable, affordable postal services. i see this, many areas around here, whether it's preserving medicare, social security, if we don't act soon on this, the choices get harder. is that true? >> absolutely. i agree wholeheartedly. we have to act. that's why i said from the beginning, you know, we were so close in the last session, and i think that we can get there. we're not that far apart. we really aren't. >> okay, thank you. >> senator, do you have a question for the witnesses? okay. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. thank you, both, for being here, and congressman, i just thank you for going up to alaska. i know we had a good conversation about that opportunity, and you got to see what we would call a hub, and then you saw real rural alaska.